The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 7
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1331 1172 977
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 14.51% 13.91% 12.76%
As % of the Vendors category 30.23% 29.89% 26.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 680 567 461
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £163 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 118 141
Average hourly rate £16.00 £14.38 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.30% -12.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.61 £10.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £27.29 £38.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Vendors Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
4403 3921 3678
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 48.02% 46.55% 48.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 2284 1930 1719
Average daily rate £375 £374 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.40% +6.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 215 229 326
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.90 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +2 326 £341 -2.50% 121
Berkshire +2 315 £360 -10.00% 150
Buckinghamshire +1 192 £325 -4.41% 49
Surrey -2 178 £375 +7.14% 108
West Sussex +11 94 £375 +26.05% 25
Oxfordshire -1 87 £420 -5.35% 46
Kent +3 46 £368 +33.63% 46
East Sussex -9 34 £300 - 8
Middlesex -6 13 £350 +4.39% 3
Isle of Wight - 5 £345 -
Sussex +4 3 £413 - 1
M4 Corridor 0 1 £350 -
Home Counties 0 1 £413 -5.71%
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 1134 (40.36%) Windows
2 1035 (36.83%) MS Excel
3 731 (26.01%) Active Directory
4 709 (25.23%) Security Cleared
5 634 (22.56%) MS Office
6 509 (18.11%) SQL
7 508 (18.08%) SC Cleared
8 429 (15.27%) ITIL
9 422 (15.02%) VMware
10 404 (14.38%) SQL Server
11 391 (13.91%) .NET
12 374 (13.31%) Windows Server 2008
13 352 (12.53%) Windows 7
14 349 (12.42%) MS Exchange
14 349 (12.42%) Microsoft Certification
15 342 (12.17%) SharePoint
16 331 (11.78%) Finance
17 295 (10.50%) Windows Server 2003
18 290 (10.32%) HP
19 280 (9.96%) Project Management
20 270 (9.61%) HTML
20 270 (9.61%) VMware Infrastructure
21 269 (9.57%) Citrix
22 266 (9.47%) JavaScript
23 263 (9.36%) DV Cleared
24 261 (9.29%) C#
25 258 (9.18%) Migration
26 252 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
27 249 (8.86%) CRM
28 248 (8.83%) Agile Software Development

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 349 (12.42%) MS Exchange
2 342 (12.17%) SharePoint
3 134 (4.77%) Lync
4 127 (4.52%) Exchange Server 2010
5 108 (3.84%) Exchange Server 2003
6 107 (3.81%) SharePoint 2013
7 105 (3.74%) IIS
8 92 (3.27%) BizTalk Server
9 84 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2007
10 76 (2.70%) SharePoint 2010
11 73 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
12 46 (1.64%) SharePoint Server
13 35 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 30 (1.07%) IBM Notes
15 29 (1.03%) Node.js
16 27 (0.96%) CMS
17 21 (0.75%) SAS
17 21 (0.75%) Office Communications Server
18 18 (0.64%) Apache
19 16 (0.57%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 1035 (36.83%) MS Excel
2 634 (22.56%) MS Office
3 163 (5.80%) MS Project
4 145 (5.16%) MS PowerPoint
5 138 (4.91%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (0.68%) OmniGraffle
8 18 (0.64%) Photoshop
9 13 (0.46%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.32%) SPSS
11 7 (0.25%) AutoCAD
11 7 (0.25%) InfoPath
12 6 (0.21%) InDesign
13 3 (0.11%) Acrobat
13 3 (0.11%) Fireworks
13 3 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
13 3 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
13 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 3 (0.11%) PowerPivot
14 2 (0.071%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 190 (6.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 57 (2.03%) Dynamics AX
3 46 (1.64%) Oracle EBS
4 12 (0.43%) SAP SRM
5 8 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
6 7 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
7 5 (0.18%) Agresso
7 5 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.14%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.14%) assyst
9 3 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.071%) Hyperion Planning
10 2 (0.071%) SAP IS-U
10 2 (0.071%) HFM
10 2 (0.071%) Endur
10 2 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
11 1 (0.036%) WebTrends
11 1 (0.036%) SAP SEM
Cloud Services
1 86 (3.06%) Office 365
2 45 (1.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
4 20 (0.71%) SaaS
5 16 (0.57%) PaaS
6 14 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
7 9 (0.32%) IaaS
8 5 (0.18%) Yammer
9 3 (0.11%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.036%) LucidChart
10 1 (0.036%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.036%) GitHub
10 1 (0.036%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 187 (6.65%) SAN
2 173 (6.16%) Firewall
3 162 (5.77%) DNS
4 151 (5.37%) TCP/IP
5 124 (4.41%) DHCP
6 120 (4.27%) Internet
7 112 (3.99%) LAN
8 101 (3.59%) WAN
9 61 (2.17%) VPN
10 60 (2.14%) SMTP
11 47 (1.67%) VoIP
12 44 (1.57%) NAS
13 43 (1.53%) SSL
14 34 (1.21%) X.400
14 34 (1.21%) X.500
14 34 (1.21%) Wireless
15 29 (1.03%) FTP
16 26 (0.93%) Cisco ASA
16 26 (0.93%) Network Security
17 24 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 404 (14.38%) SQL Server
2 111 (3.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 88 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 75 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 61 (2.17%) Oracle Reports
6 58 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
7 55 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
8 47 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
8 47 (1.67%) Relational Database
8 47 (1.67%) Oracle Database
9 44 (1.57%) MySQL
10 42 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 34 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (1.00%) MongoDB
13 25 (0.89%) MS Access
14 24 (0.85%) RDBMS
15 23 (0.82%) SQL Server 2000
16 20 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
17 16 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
17 16 (0.57%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 93 (3.31%) Visual Studio
2 74 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 49 (1.74%) Subversion
4 36 (1.28%) NUnit
5 33 (1.17%) Git (software)
6 31 (1.10%) StarTeam
7 30 (1.07%) Jenkins
8 28 (1.00%) JIRA
9 27 (0.96%) MSI
10 25 (0.89%) ClearCase
11 20 (0.71%) Selenium
12 19 (0.68%) QuickTest Pro
12 19 (0.68%) Axure RP
12 19 (0.68%) GoogleTest
13 18 (0.64%) CppUnit
13 18 (0.64%) CruiseControl
14 16 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 10 (0.36%) MSTest
15 10 (0.36%) Ant
15 10 (0.36%) Dreamweaver
General
1 331 (11.78%) Finance
2 183 (6.51%) Telecoms
3 66 (2.35%) Retail
4 61 (2.17%) Marketing
5 40 (1.42%) Banking
6 39 (1.39%) Advertising
7 34 (1.21%) Publishing
8 30 (1.07%) Manufacturing
9 28 (1.00%) Military
10 19 (0.68%) Legal
11 18 (0.64%) Interactive Media
12 12 (0.43%) German Language
13 11 (0.39%) Back Office
13 11 (0.39%) Games
14 10 (0.36%) Billing
14 10 (0.36%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.25%) Spanish Language
16 6 (0.21%) Local Government
16 6 (0.21%) Italian Language
16 6 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 506 (18.01%) Analyst
2 369 (13.13%) Developer
3 208 (7.40%) Architect
4 175 (6.23%) Support Engineer
5 144 (5.12%) Consultant
6 125 (4.45%) Project Manager
7 123 (4.38%) Administrator
8 109 (3.88%) Support Analyst
9 103 (3.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 99 (3.52%) .NET Developer
11 94 (3.35%) 2nd Line Support
12 88 (3.13%) Desktop Support
13 70 (2.49%) Service Analyst
13 70 (2.49%) Service Desk Analyst
14 68 (2.42%) 1st Line Support
15 61 (2.17%) Technical Architect
16 59 (2.10%) Desktop Engineer
17 56 (1.99%) Data Analyst
17 56 (1.99%) Coordinator
18 54 (1.92%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 391 (13.91%) .NET
2 270 (9.61%) HTML
3 194 (6.90%) ASP.NET
4 161 (5.73%) XML
5 139 (4.95%) CSS
6 105 (3.74%) Web Services
7 82 (2.92%) WCF
8 79 (2.81%) .NET Framework
9 72 (2.56%) jQuery
10 63 (2.24%) JSP
11 62 (2.21%) AngularJS
12 48 (1.71%) HTML5
13 47 (1.67%) Application Packaging
13 47 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
14 37 (1.32%) Ajax
14 37 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web API
15 36 (1.28%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
16 30 (1.07%) REST
17 28 (1.00%) SOAP
18 25 (0.89%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 252 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 117 (4.16%) Clustering
3 98 (3.49%) Blackberry
4 95 (3.38%) Management Information System
5 64 (2.28%) User Experience
6 53 (1.89%) PKI
7 36 (1.28%) Open Source
8 35 (1.25%) Computer Science
9 32 (1.14%) NHS
9 32 (1.14%) Replication
10 28 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
11 19 (0.68%) Client/Server
11 19 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
12 18 (0.64%) iPad
12 18 (0.64%) Inversion of Control
13 17 (0.60%) Visualisation
14 16 (0.57%) SecurID
15 14 (0.50%) iPhone
15 14 (0.50%) CMDB
15 14 (0.50%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1134 (40.36%) Windows
2 374 (13.31%) Windows Server 2008
3 352 (12.53%) Windows 7
4 295 (10.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 196 (6.98%) Linux
6 185 (6.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 174 (6.19%) UNIX
8 167 (5.94%) Windows XP
9 67 (2.38%) Windows 8
10 60 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (1.39%) Windows 2000
12 29 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
13 25 (0.89%) Windows Vista
14 21 (0.75%) AIX
15 19 (0.68%) Windows NT
16 17 (0.60%) Solaris
17 11 (0.39%) Mac OS X
17 11 (0.39%) Android
18 9 (0.32%) Apple iOS
19 7 (0.25%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 429 (15.27%) ITIL
2 280 (9.96%) Project Management
3 258 (9.18%) Migration
4 249 (8.86%) CRM
5 248 (8.83%) Agile Software Development
6 170 (6.05%) PRINCE2
7 127 (4.52%) Service Management
8 123 (4.38%) MVC
9 122 (4.34%) Configuration Management
10 109 (3.88%) Scrum
11 104 (3.70%) Change Management
12 94 (3.35%) Validation
13 92 (3.27%) Business Intelligence
14 90 (3.20%) Service Delivery
14 90 (3.20%) Knowledge Management
15 86 (3.06%) Disaster Recovery
16 74 (2.63%) Test Scripting
16 74 (2.63%) Data Migration
17 68 (2.42%) OO
18 65 (2.31%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 509 (18.11%) SQL
2 266 (9.47%) JavaScript
3 261 (9.29%) C#
4 201 (7.15%) PowerShell
5 110 (3.91%) VBScript
6 82 (2.92%) VB
7 74 (2.63%) Java
8 73 (2.60%) C
9 64 (2.28%) VBA
10 53 (1.89%) C++
11 50 (1.78%) T-SQL
12 32 (1.14%) PHP
12 32 (1.14%) VB.NET
13 28 (1.00%) Python
13 28 (1.00%) PL/SQL
14 25 (0.89%) Shell Script
15 19 (0.68%) Perl
16 9 (0.32%) VC++
17 8 (0.28%) Bash Shell
18 7 (0.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 709 (25.23%) Security Cleared
2 508 (18.08%) SC Cleared
3 349 (12.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 263 (9.36%) DV Cleared
5 187 (6.65%) Degree
6 178 (6.33%) MCSE
7 117 (4.16%) MCP
8 106 (3.77%) ISTQB
9 97 (3.45%) MCITP
10 87 (3.10%) Cisco Certification
11 65 (2.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 64 (2.28%) MCSA
13 53 (1.89%) ISEB
14 42 (1.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 42 (1.49%) CCNA
15 37 (1.32%) MCTS
16 33 (1.17%) CCNP
17 31 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 29 (1.03%) PMI Certification
19 27 (0.96%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (5.55%) SLA
2 48 (1.71%) QA
3 27 (0.96%) PCI DSS
4 11 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.39%) Solvency II
5 9 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.28%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.21%) HL7
8 4 (0.14%) DICOM
9 3 (0.11%) COBIT
9 3 (0.11%) P3O
10 2 (0.071%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.071%) GAMP
10 2 (0.071%) GMP
11 1 (0.036%) BS15000
11 1 (0.036%) COSO
11 1 (0.036%) CDISC
11 1 (0.036%) BS25999
11 1 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 731 (26.01%) Active Directory
2 270 (9.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 153 (5.44%) Hyper-V
4 65 (2.31%) vSphere
5 64 (2.28%) XenApp
6 51 (1.81%) VMware ESX
7 45 (1.60%) XenDesktop
8 44 (1.57%) Terminal Services
9 41 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
10 32 (1.14%) Forefront TMG
11 31 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 21 (0.75%) ISA Server
13 19 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
14 13 (0.46%) Firmware
15 10 (0.36%) UAG
16 9 (0.32%) vCloud
16 9 (0.32%) XenServer
17 6 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
17 6 (0.21%) Oracle RMAN
18 5 (0.18%) KVM
Systems Management
1 201 (7.15%) SCCM
2 93 (3.31%) SCOM
3 62 (2.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 45 (1.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 41 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
6 38 (1.35%) Backup Exec
7 27 (0.96%) SCSM
8 26 (0.93%) NetBackup
9 24 (0.85%) ARCserve
9 24 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
10 21 (0.75%) Tivoli
10 21 (0.75%) HP SIM
11 19 (0.68%) WSUS
11 19 (0.68%) WMI
12 18 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
13 16 (0.57%) BladeLogic
14 15 (0.53%) MOM
15 12 (0.43%) SCOrch
15 12 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 12 (0.43%) OVSD
Vendors
1 422 (15.02%) VMware
2 290 (10.32%) HP
3 269 (9.57%) Citrix
4 236 (8.40%) Oracle
5 185 (6.58%) Cisco
6 77 (2.74%) Red Hat
6 77 (2.74%) Symantec
7 76 (2.70%) SAP
8 71 (2.53%) IBM
9 65 (2.31%) McAfee
10 61 (2.17%) CA
11 47 (1.67%) Dell
12 46 (1.64%) Remedy
13 45 (1.60%) NetApp
14 38 (1.35%) Business Objects
15 37 (1.32%) F5
16 36 (1.28%) Lumension
17 31 (1.10%) CheckPoint
17 31 (1.10%) Lotus
18 30 (1.07%) Apple
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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